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November 7 - 8th, 2020

​2020 Virtual Retreat

Authentic Movement

This 2 days online event will deepen your embodiment, develop your movement analysis skills, increase mindful and bodyful awareness, develop your creativity, reflective and therapeutic skills — both personally and professionally. The retreat develops through three different overlapping phases; first deepening your practice as a mover,  then developing witnessing skills, and further articulating and practicing verbal interventions, therapeutic holding, evaluating and structuring options for different therapeutic situations.


Facilitated by Connor Kelly and Penni Bousfield
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Throughout our lives we long to be seen in our wholeness. Daniel Seigel suggests we “...not only want to be seen, we want to feel felt.”

Authentic Movement is a simple yet profound process between a Mover and a Witness. The Mover closes eyes and follows inner impulses. Listening deeply to inner stirrings the mover brings un/preconscious material through the body into consciousness. The Witness sits eyes open and tracks their own experience in relation to the mover and notices their projections, interpretations and judgments. The Witness holds the consciousness or container particularly in the beginning. The Mover is developing their Inner Witness while the Witness develops their inner Mover.

This retreat will offer the opportunity to deepen and glimpse into the full evolution of the form. The opening session will explore the role as a mover developing deep listening while moving in the presence of a non-judgmental witness. Dyadic and Triadic structures will follow so that the witness role develops. The final collective circles, the breath circle and the long circle will illustrate how the form evolves fluidly into an organic ritual that holds the totality of our Human Experience. Both our wounds and healing come through relationship. Authentic Movement is a practice that addresses multiple levels of relationship, self, other and collective.

VENUE: Virtual (Zoom)

DURATION: 07 - 08th November 2020. 
Saturday and Sunday

8-11 am Sydney
10-1 pm New Zealand 

COST: $90 USD before 16 October via Paypal or NZ bank transfer.


To guarantee your spot, please email Connor Kelly at

We would like to know what is your experience with Authentic Movement, what are the dietary needs, etc... Please drop us an email so we can arrange in advance.


Connor and Penni 

About the facilitators:

E. Connor Kelly, MA, BC-DMT, LPC, DTAA (Prof DMT)

Connor has been practicing Authentic Movement since 1985 and offering groups and workshops since 1990. She has been studied with Janet Adler, Tina Stromsted, Neala Haze and Zoe Avstreih. 

Connor has facilitated workshops in Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and Taiwan. She trained as a dance/movement Therapist at New York University and has worked with developmental disabled adults, frail elderly, brain injured adults, children and families, children in the schools and adults. Connor co facilitates a practice called Physical Storytelling that she co created with her husband Dr Steve Harvey. Connor also is a La Leche League Leader supporting mothers with breastfeeding and teaches yoga.

She lives in Guam, USA.

Penni Bousfield, MTA

Penni is a former head of the Performing Arts programme at UCOL. She has a Masters in theatre directing from Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School and extensive theatre experience. Penni has facilitated workshops in Actors' Voice & Movement and Choreographic Improvisation and learnt Authentic Movement from Connor Kelly in Taranaki.


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